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GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD (GMO) – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

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❶The organic food industry is certainly booming. Genetically modified food has changed the way we all think about eating.

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No other country has tackled the food problem like America has. Countries like America are feeding the world. Matt, I do not have the expertise to be certain whether GM is bad for our physical health, but I have all the expertise necessary to see that it is very bad for our freedom and democracies.

America has allowed a multinational corporation to aggressively and in some ways illegally dominate food production and has also allowed that same corporation to subvert your democracy so as to make itself immune to the results of any wrong doing.

Beware of hubris Matt. These companies realize problems and continually adjust, etc. So, by there could just as easily be better genes in the plants, etc.

The same scare tactics have been used concerning carbon dioxide which is necessary for plant life. For some unknown reason other than totalitarian government scare tactics it has now been defined as a pollutant, etc. It all goes back to Thomas Malthus types of bad predictive models, etc. Actually, humans have not been using agriculture since the beginning of time. Farming was invented the moment after God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of eden.

They had to work the ground to gain its fruits. I was reading your statement, and I have a couple questions. I get that you are passionate about this, but dude, your way of argument is like coming to a Nerf battle with a Bias Bazooka.

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Genetically Modified Food Debate Visportsnutrition. This article switched emphasis. How does herbicide resistant GMO relate to increase in pesticide use? In case anyone is reading this a year later: In the end, only the one producing e. Who Do We Trust? Eat Drink Better Healthy recipes, good food: Not much of a graph informationally speaking. The meta analysis is pretty much meaningless, and more anecdotal than anything else. Did the pregnant study with pesticides have a control group?

For some, the idea of GMO food is a good one because the modifications allow crops to become resistant to drought and infestations, letting more people have more regular meals. Others look at genetically modified foods as a dangerous proposition. From allergic reactions to potential intestinal damage, many people wish to avoid GMO foods because of animal studies that have shown changes in internal cell structure, abnormal tumor growth, and unexpected deaths that have occurred.

So what exactly are the pros and cons of genetically modified foods? Better overall quality and taste. Through the modification of foods, the flavors can be enhanced.

Peppers can become spicier or sweeter. Corn can become sweeter. Difficult flavors can become more palatable. Some GMOs are specially made to be packed with extra vitamins, minerals, and other health benefits. For example, Swiss researchers created a strain of "golden" rice with a lot of beta-carotene, an antioxidant good for your eyes and skin. Soybeans whose fats have been changed so they're more like olive oil can be turned into a heart -healthy replacement for oils with trans fats that's more heat-tolerant and better for cooking.

And those bruise-free potatoes are supposed to cut down on cancer -causing chemicals created when spuds become french fries. Some biotech companies are doing experiments to make meat better for us, such as boosting the amount of omegafatty acids in it.

These essential fats help prevent heart disease and stroke and may protect against cancer and other conditions. They may also help control lupus , eczema , and rheumatoid arthritis. But your body doesn't make them, so you have to get them from food.

As the population grows, it's going to get harder to feed everyone. GMOs are one way to make enough nutritious food available with limited land, water , and other resources. But people worry about pollen and seeds from genetically engineered plants spreading beyond the fields where they were planted. Or what could happen if genetically modified animals mate with non-modified or wild ones.

As unappetizing as it may sound, "DNA has always been part of our diet, and it's digested in your stomach along with the rest of your food," she says. We got ruby red grapefruits through natural mutation, yet "few are questioning the safety of all the random genetic changes that went into their development," says Kevin Klatt, a PhD student in the molecular nutrition program at Cornell University.

What seems to make people uncomfortable is when those changes happen deliberately in a lab. A group of scientists did an extensive review of research on the safety of crops from GMOs over the past 10 years.

They found no significant harm directly tied to genetic engineering. Part of an official statement notes that in almost 20 years, no clear impacts on human health have been reported or confirmed in professional journals. The World Health Organization agrees. They, along with the FAO, maintain a set of science-based standards, guidelines, and practices called the Codex Alimentarius to promote good, safe food for everyone. It includes biotechnology and genetic engineering, too. Many governments draw from the Codex to write their regulations and recommendations.

Stephen MacDonald, PhD, a biotechnology and business strategy consultant, agrees that all foods -- at the most basic level -- are made of the same stuff. Even so, he doesn't dish up GMO-based foods for dinner because he's not convinced they have the same exact nutritional value.

Why isn't there as much fuss over them? Through the Plant Biotechnology Consultation Program, the FDA raises safety concerns during the engineering process and helps developers identify the kinds of testing they should do. A team of FDA scientists reviews information provided by the developer. They look at how a genetically engineered food compares to the original. Is it different nutritionally?

Did the new genes introduce something that could be harmful? For example, a soybean enriched with a protein from a Brazil nut wasn't brought to market, even as animal feed, because tests showed that it might trigger a reaction for people with an allergy to those nuts. You can't catch a disease or get a virus from a plant, but every now and then one makes its way from animals to humans, like swine flu and bird flu.

Because animal viruses may be used in genetic engineering, some people worry they could infect humans or other animals that eat meat produced this way. That's why the FDA takes a slightly different approach with genetically engineered animal products. They've issued guidance to help developers meet the high standards of the Codex Alimentarius and U. The Center for Veterinary Medicine makes sure the animal is different in the way the developer says it is and that it's safe to eat.

The FDA is also required by the National Environmental Policy Act to consider potential significant impacts of GMO animals on the environment, like how easily they could spread disease. For a genetically engineered salmon that grows to full size in about half the time it normally takes, the FDA wanted to know how likely these fish would be to mix with ones whose genes haven't been tinkered with and how likely they would be to survive and reproduce if they did.

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Pros and Cons of Genetically Modified Foods There is a great debate going on right now on the subject of genetically modified foods, or GMOs. For some, the idea of GMO food is a good one because the modifications allow crops to become resistant to drought and .

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And the American Medical Association thinks genetically modified foods are OK. Part of an official statement notes that in almost 20 years, no clear impacts on human health have been reported or confirmed in professional journals. The World Health Organization agrees.

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Genetically modified (GM) foods are made from soy, corn, or other crops grown from seeds with genetically engineered DNA. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), GM seeds are used to plant more than 90 percent of corn, soybeans, and cotton grown in the United States. Pros and Cons of GMOs On the surface, strengthening soybeans for purposes of more widespread production and consumption seems like a win-win idea. But there are some very real concerns shared by top experts in the health, medical, and nutrition fields.

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Genetically modified foods are something that inspires passions on both sides of the debate. On one side of the equation, foods that have been genetically modified can be grown in a number of different non-traditional locations and provide higher yields. To avoid eating foods that contain GMOs, look for labels that specify that fruits and vegetables is "organic" or "USDA Organic." While GMOs come with known benefits to human health and the farming industry overall, there are some controversial negatives. First the pros: 1.